Protecting Citizens’ Privacy Resolution

by the Constitution Party National Committee – March 2002 – Charleston, South Carolina

Whereas, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated…but upon probable cause…” and

Whereas, the Federal government’s collection, compiling, and abuse of databases to snoop on law-abiding citizens is rapidly expanding. This includes monitoring law-abiding citizens’ bank deposits, cell phone usage, e-mail, air travel, school children, lawful gun purchases, health care, medical records, immunizations, fingerprints, DNA, and genetic tests. Most often, these databases are built using the Social Security number, and

Whereas, there are renewed attempts by the Federal government, especially since 9/11, to impose a Federal ID on all citizens requiring States to have social security numbers on Drivers’ Licenses. The federal government often accomplishes the establishment of a database through mandates and grants to the State, and

Whereas, corporations are also involved in the collection and selling of personal data without consent. The Social Security Act stipulates that the social security number is never to be used for identification purposes. Therefore let it be

Resolved, that the Constitution Party supports the protection of a citizen’s privacy rights and opposes the use of the social security number for identification purposes and any attempt to create and impose a national ID.